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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 19, 2007 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

If I may speak for our good forum friend, I think that all forumite nerds should be intimately familiar with the following.

This one is the primal version, unfortunately flawed in terms of available sound quality, but nonetheless vital in its energy...Jerry will make you want to learn how to play the guitar as none of the greats have ever sounded so fine as he did this day. Is it the influence of Jeff Beck? Is it because of the proximity to the release of album AOXOMOXOA? Who knows...but listen thru the poor quality and you will be rewarded beyond all hopes and dreams.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-06-14.aud.cotsman.16532.sbeok.shnf

This one is the up tempo version that all can testify to...and the trivia question looms: what does Bobby say shortly before he and Pig were 'let go'?

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-10-12.sbd.eD.10909.sbeok.shnf

Coupled with an amazing DS, this one shows us the new, slow tempo version, albeit not lifeless as those that come in the 'return' during the late 70s.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-09-19.sbd.kaplan.5217.sbeok.shnf

If you value your card carrying NERD status I recommend you commit these to your library. There are few better.

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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jul 19, 2007 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Wait, one St Stephen sounds different from another? I thought they were just a chance to relax one's mind between Dark Star and The Eleven. I'll have to pay closer attention in future!

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Welcome home brother of 1968 jamming!

I'm afraid even a devotee such as myself may find the challenges of 6/14/68 too daunting (B-/B sound). We just might have to wait for some distant future vault release in order to really determine just how truly hot this version is?

In the meantime, lets not forget this amazing little treasure...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-01-26.sbd.kaplan.2246.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by Cliff Hucker on 2007-07-20 00:05:11

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Yes, GOP's comments not withstanding...I feel the pain. But the glory is worth the trauma.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Jul 20, 2007 6:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

I've heard so many of you sing your praises over '68, but I am shamefully admitting my complete lack of attention paid to this particular year. Something about it just never grabbed me. Now that's not to say I don't like this year in their performing history, because from having listened to MAYBE only a dozen shows from '68, I enjoyed them all. I really like the Clementine from the Eureka Municipal Auditorium show from Jan 1st '68. That's another song that was all too short-lived in it's performance history, and I wish it had been played for much longer.

I've brought it up before that I wish they'd played several-many songs from 67-70 up until say '77. I'd love to have heard Doin' That Rag, Clementine, Moutains of the Moon, Dupree's, Cosmic Charlie, New Potato Caboose, etc, in '74 & '77. Just to hear these songs played on Wolf & the Travis Bean, and through the Wall of Sound in '74 & that '77 "sound", would be a wet dream come true.

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Poster: tree-ap Date: Jul 20, 2007 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Sorry, I forgot to post the link to 1/20/68.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-01-20.sbd.jools.19470.sbe-fixed.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 20, 2007 9:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Clementine is indeed great. For those of you with the boxed set containing the embellished Aoxomoxoa, there is a fine one there.

Good call. Would have loved to hear Rag thru the 70s too.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Hey, W.T.--don't diss that tape too much. It was made on a dictaphone type cassette deck that a good friend smuggled in to the F.E. on a hot evening! One of the voices you hear is mine, as are two of the hands clapping. Apparently, the other cassette is lost to time.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Great connection. As I said to brother CLIFF, it does pain me, and I afraid I have been spoiled by the soundboards of the last five years...if I had heard it during my tape days of the 70s I would have had nothing but praise for it. As it is, the sound is so special, so singular for this, my favorite song by the boys, that I make allowances.

Thanks for chiming in.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 19, 2007 7:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

thanks B. for the pointers to some great sounds, and i don't care how you analyze it, whether soundwise, performancewise, whatnot, that 6/14/68 is a golden nugget dropped from the past, and it friggin' blisters, and the Caution will melt your brain, just sick, sick, sick

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jul 19, 2007 7:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Is this "sick, sick, sick" Caution the version labeled 6/68 on the bonus disc included with the Fillmore Boxed set?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jul 19, 2007 8:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

it seems so, according to some comments made in the reviews for the show, however, not owning that particular box set, i cannot say for sure ...

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 19, 2007 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

So........you like it. :)

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Poster: Sainted Stephen Date: Jul 19, 2007 4:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Thank you Cliff! And Tell. I know them well, but I will listen once more.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 19, 2007 5:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Three of CLIFF's favorite St Stephens

Thank you, calliope woman. You contribute so rarely any post draws my attention. Hope you are well.